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Peter Chiarelli finds Alain Vigneault’s threatening comments about Brad Marchand ‘real unprofessional’ 01.09.12 at 12:48 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held an impromptu session with reporters Monday at TD Garden to express his feelings on Canucks coach Alain Vigneault‘s comments Sunday about B’s forward Brad Marchand. The 23-year-old forward was given a game misconduct for his low-bridge hit on Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo.

“Marchand – and this is just my feeling – but some day he’s going to get it,” Vigneault told reporters Sunday. “Some day, someone’s going to say ‘enough is enough’ and they’re going to hurt the kid because he plays to hurt players. And if the league doesn’t care, somebody else will.”

Chiarelli said he found Vigneault’s comments to be threatening.

“I think we’ve learned our lesson over time that that’s a real inappropriate comment,” he said. “That’s a real inappropriate comment, and it’s an unprofessional comment.”

Former Canucks winger Brad May infamously said Avalanche forward Steve Moore had a “bounty” on his head following Moore’s blindside hit on Markus Naslund in 2004. Later that season, teammate Todd Bertuzzi ended Moore’s career with his vicious punch to the back of Moore’s head.

Canucks GM Mike Gillis also called Marchand a “dirty player.” Chiarelli took issue with all the comments to emerge from Vancouver, noting that Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard is “notorious” for such hits.

“Brad does play on the edge, but he’s no dirtier than maybe two or three of their players,” Chiarelli said. “I think in general, after a game like that you see all the high-handed propaganda. I just feel the need to respond. Whether it’s from coaches, GMs or players, I don’t like to hear that kind of stuff.”

On the subject of Ballard, Chiarelli referenced multiple low-bridge hits committed by the defenseman.

“With respect to some of the comments made from a player regarding what’s a hip check and what’s clipping and all that stuff, I think that’s naive, too. What’s makes a difference if you have the puck or if you don’t on a hip check? What’s the difference? To say that there’s a distinction, there’s not. It’s like a reverse check,” Chiarelli said. “And that player actually, he’s notorious for that stuff, with or without the puck.”

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Report: Brad Marchand to have hearing Monday over hit on Sami Salo 01.08.12 at 2:02 pm ET
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Bruins forward Brad Marchand will have a phone hearing Monday with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, the Boston Globe reported Sunday.

Marchand was given a five-minute clipping major and a game misconduct for his hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo in the second period of Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Vancouver. Salo will not play Sunday against the Panthers after waking up with a headache.

Marchand, a repeat offender, was suspended for two games last season for elbowing R.J. Umberger. He was also given a $2,500 fine this season for slew-footing Matt Niskanen.

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NHL rescinds Milan Lucic’s game misconduct from altercation with Canucks 01.07.12 at 6:54 pm ET
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Breathe easy, Bruins fans. Milan Lucic will not be suspended for one game, let alone 10.

The NHL rescinded the game misconduct issued to the Bruins forward Saturday in the first period of the team’s 4-3 loss to the Canucks.

Lucic was tossed from the game for leaving the bench to join an altercation. Upon review, it was determined that Lucic had gotten on the ice for a line change and was actually considering getting back on the bench.

“The referees reacted to what they saw,” NHL director of officiating Terry Gregson said. “The only player they saw coming from the bench area from either team was Lucic. But with the benefit of replay, we can see that Lucic had previously entered the ice over the boards legally to join the play and actually was contemplating stepping back onto the bench through the door when the altercation ensued.

“It should be further noted that a review of the video confirmed that all players on both teams involved in the altercation had entered the ice legally for the purpose of joining the play. None entered the ice for the purpose of joining or starting an altercation, which is prohibited by Rule 70.”

Had the penalty not been rescinded, Lucic could have faced a 10-game suspension, which is issued to players for leaving the bench to participate in altercations.

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With hockey world focused on Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider shines in first start at TD Garden 01.07.12 at 6:44 pm ET
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When Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault announced Friday that oft-maligned goaltender Roberto Luongo would not be in net for the Canucks’ rematch against the Bruins Saturday afternoon, the focus remained squarely on Luongo. Why would he back out of a game in which he would have a chance to prove himself? What was he scared of?

Meanwhile, backup Cory Schneider, a Marblehead native and a Boston College product, somehow flew under the radar while criticism of Luongo owned the airwaves, blogs and newspapers.

Although much of the pregame discussion surrounded Luongo, Schneider was the star Saturday afternoon. He marked his first Garden start as an NHL goaltender with a win, stopping 36 shots to help the Canucks top the Bruins, 4-3.

But while Schneider remained largely ignored before the game (although not by his 15 friends and family members who would be coming to see him play), the start in Boston was no minor deal for Schneider.

‘€œIt’€™s a fun building to play in and, again, it was fun for me to play in front of people who have grown up cheering for me and supporting me my whole life,’€ Schneider said.

‘€œTo come back and get this type of opportunity in front of a lot of friends and family and people at home watching, it was really cool. I think it’€™s even more special since we don’€™t come here very often. I’€™m glad we got the win.’€

The 25-year-old had played at the TD Garden before. He was the beneficiary of the home crowd cheers from 2005 to 2007, when Schneider and the Eagles finished as the runners-up in the Beanpot twice and won the Hockey East Tournament Championship on Garden ice in both his freshman and junior seasons. Schneider also played at the Garden twice in the Stanley Cup Finals (in relief appearances Game 4 and Game 6) last season, although he did not start either of those games.

Schneider’€™s first start in Boston lacked the flow of a typical game. The Bruins did not get a shot on goal until nine minutes (and 50 minutes of penalties) into the first period. As fighting ruled the ice and hockey played out as somewhat of a sideshow through the first 30 or so minutes of the game, Schneider somehow found a way to ignore the extracurricular activity and keep his mind on stopping the puck. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kevin Bieksa calls out ‘stupid’ Bruins after win, says Brad Marchand ‘has to live’ with loss 01.07.12 at 5:27 pm ET
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Surprise, surprise. Kevin Bieksa is talking.

The outspoken Canucks defenseman called out the Bruins after the Canucks defeated the B’s, 4-3, Saturday at TD Garden. Both Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand were tossed from the game, and Bieksa offered his thoughts afterwards.

“We play hard, but we are a disciplined team,” Bieksa said. “That’€™s what separates us from them. They obviously play hard, but they tend to do stupid things. The Marchand hit was a pretty stupid thing and I’€™m sure he’€™ll be getting a phone call for that one. There is no reason for that. But we made them pay for that. We got to score two goals on that power play and that’€™s the game. He’€™s got to live with that.”

Bieksa has been outspoken against the Bruins since the two teams met in the Stanley Cup finals last season. The defenseman made fun of the Bruins for passing around Andrew Ference‘s jacket, saying the tradition was something that pee-wee teams do. He also responded to Mark Recchi calling the Canucks “arrogant” by saying the retired forward should “take a nap.”

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Claude Julien felt Brad Marchand was protecting himself 01.07.12 at 5:24 pm ET
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While the big question Saturday regarding a possible suspension surrounds Bruins forward Milan Lucic, he isn’t the only Bruins’ left wing who could be in trouble with the league.

Brad Marchand was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for clipping Canucks defenseman Sami Salo in the Bruins’ zone in the second period of Saturday’s loss to Vancouver. Marchand got low when Salo came in to hit him, and what resulted was a dangerous play that Kevin Bieksa said should get Marchand suspended.

A fired-up Bruins coach Claude Julien defended Marchand following the game, saying he was protecting himself from what could have been a dangerous hit.

“We all have our opinions on what is going on with the game and the hits and everything else,” Julien said after the game. “All I’€™m going to tell you is that I always told my players that they need to protect themselves. The last thing I want my players to do is get hit and then end up with a concussion, and they have to protect themselves. Whether it’€™s the right way or the wrong way, it’€™ll depend on how the league looks at it.

“I’€™d rather have a guy take a two-minute penalty than turn his back to the play, stand up straight, and then get his face knocked into the glass and be out for maybe the rest of the year with a concussion, or maybe end his career like [Marc] Savard. So I think we have to really look at those kinds of things. In my opinion, if guys start protecting themselves the way Marchand did, maybe guys will stop taking runs at other guys because that’€™s the consequences you end up paying for taking runs at guys, too. Who knows where we’€™re going to go with this. I know we’€™re all trying hard to fix that part of the game, but it’€™s still there, and it’€™s still not fixed.”

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Claude Julien confident Milan Lucic won’t be suspended 01.07.12 at 5:02 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Saturday’s loss to the Canucks that he is not concerned about forward Milan Lucic possibly being suspended. Lucic was given a game misconduct for leaving the bench to join an altercation. If the league deems that Lucic left the bench as part of an illegal line change, Lucic will be suspended 10 games, with Julien also receiving a one-game ban, pending review.

“I’m not blaming them,” Julien said of the referees. “They’re in the middle of a scrum there, but Looch was on the ice already, and it wasn’t an illegal change. He didn’t come off the bench, so there’s no issues there in my mind. It’s clear.”

Julien dismissed the notion of any lineup moves the team might have to make should Lucic or Brad Marchand, who was also tossed, be suspended.

“I don’t have to answer that,” Julien said, “because that’s not the case right now.”

The potential suspension that Lucic faces came as a surprise to teammates.

“I didn’t even know that,” a surprised Chris Kelly said when asked about potentially losing Lucic. “I’ll let that be decided by the proper people. Hopefully we don’t lose Looch. Obviously he’s a great guy, a great teammate, and hopefully he’s back soon.”

Lucic has already been suspended once this season, as he was given a game last month for his hit on Zac Rinaldo in the Bruins’ victory over the Flyers.

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